Published: July 27, 2011
Murders this Week: 3
Murders this Year: 117
The June 25 shooting in the 2400 block of Seamon Avenue has been ruled accidental, according to police. An 11-year-old shot Michael Brooks, a 15-year-old African-American male, during a sleepover. The children were playing with the gun when it unexpectedly went off. Brooks was shot in the head and killed. This death has been removed from the homicide tally and the Baltimore Police Department and this column now have the same number of homicides listed for this year.
Tuesday, July 19
3:20 a.m. A 25-year-old African-American man was discovered lying in the street partially under a Jeep in the 1900 block of North Bentalou Street near Coppin State University. The man was shot in the butt, and the bullet severed his femoral artery. He died at an area hospital at 3:54 a.m. Police are waiting until the man’s family has been notified of his death to release his name.
4: 30 p.m. Also on the west side, Marvin Hayes, a 22-year-old African-American man, and a friend were in the 800 block of North Gilmore Street. Hayes and a friend were involved in a pickup basketball game, and a man came up to Hayes’ friend and started arguing with him. The argument turned physical and, according to police, Hayes and other passersby stood around and watched as the two men fought. Another person yelled to the aggressor that they should go and they left. When Hayes’ friend turned around, Hayes was on the ground. He had been stabbed in the chest and died at an area hospital less than an hour later.
Wednesday, July 20
2:45 p.m. People in the 900 block of Herndon Court in Brooklyn heard a commotion coming from a residence in the block. Then shots rang out. Marcus Harvell, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot in the chest. He died at 3:57 p.m. at an area hospital. According to The Baltimore Sun, Harvell was a rising senior at Benjamin Franklin High School and a promising basketball player who planned to attend college.
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